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Teaching Order of the Tenses; Backshift. Anett Fellner 9 May 2014. Beginner:. Past Simple (Unit 7,8 – Past, Places). Present Simple (Unit 4 ,5 – Life, Routines):. 3A Read the article again and find the past form of the verbs below.

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Teaching order of the tenses backshift

Teaching Order of the Tenses; Backshift

Anett Fellner

9 May 2014


Past Simple (Unit 7,8 – Past, Places)

Present Simple (Unit 4 ,5 – Life, Routines):

3A Read the article again and find the past form of the verbs below.

start started – dance, move, cry, laugh, walk, arrive, stop, talk, listen, wait, play

1. He/She/It + verb + ___

2. With have: use he/she/it + ______

3. With verbs ending –chand –o: use verb + ___

2A Write the past forms of the verbs. Use the text in exercise 1B to help. Check the meaning of any new words.

meet met – come, take, think, become, break, go, have, sit, say

4A Complete the sentences with a verb in the positive or negative.

  • I live with a friend. (+)

  • I __________ two sisters. (+)

  • I __________ a camera. (-)

  • I __________ English five hours a week. (+)

  • I __________ in an office. (-)


Present Perfect (Unit 12– Experiences)

Present Continuous (Unit 8– Now):

3A Look at the sentence and underline the correct alternative to complete the rule.

I’ve been to Guatemala and I’ve climbed that volcano.


A Have you ever met a famous person?

B Yes, I have. I met a famous actor last year.

A Really? Who did you meet?


Future Simple (Unit 3)

Present Perfect Continuous (Unit 7 – Success)

Past Continuous (Unit 5 – Travel)

7A Make sentences with the prompts.

  • I/run/start to snow. So....

    I was running when it started to snow. So I went home.

  • 1.I/wait for a bus/meet my boss.

  • 2.I/watch TV/recognise my best friend.


6A Read the sentences below. Underline examples of the present perfect simple and present perfect continuous.


Future Perfect and Future Perfect Continues (Unit 6 – Age)

Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous (Unit 4– Stories):

4A Look at the sentences from Laura’s letter. Which one talks about.

  • things that will be completed before she opens the letter?

  • things that will be in progress around the time that she opens the letter?

    a, I’ll have changed a lot.

    b, I bet when I get this, it’ll be raining

3A Read the first paragraph of Starfish again and underline examples of the past simple; the past continuous; the past perfect and the past perfect continuous.



7 Put the paragraph below into reported speech. Begin each sentence with He told me or He said.



6 Compare the words spoken to the reported sentences and answer questions 1-2 below.